This is the upshot of the rumour/conspiracy theory:
The Shias are coming. Its always been known that the Al Lawati clan here are Shia, and they have co-existed with the dominant Ibadhi and standard Sunni here with (apparently) no problem. But, so they say, they are now being infiltrated by Al Lawatis from Iran & enabling the rapid build up of a well resourced and organised Iranian Mafia. Iranian Government money is being channeled through these foreign Al Lawatis, and is being used to buy up large tracts of lands up and down along the coast, especially between Seeb and Shinas. In these villages (but also throughout Oman), new Shia mosques are being built with Iranian money, and there is also funding from Iran to encourage prostelizing and convert Omani Ibadhi’s muslims to Shia muslims. The black flags (indicating Shia) are starting to spread like a wave across Oman, and they have the support of (note by UD: of all people) the Minister of MONE.
So, there you go. All my sources are otherwise seemingly well balanced people. But it reminds me of the UN ‘Black Helicopter’ theory common in the southern and Mid west USA a while ago, with the UN poised to take over the administration. I have no evidence what-so-ever that the good Mr Mackie has even heard of the Shia, let alone is participating (they admitted it could be 'unknowingly') in a conspiracy. Muscati, I'd be interested to know your take on this, naturally!
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